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What is the difference between soup bones and pet bones?

Soup bones have marrow and are cut into small pieces.  Typically it comes from areas like the femur or rib of the animal.  It is used mostly in soup as it adds a meaty, creamy and rich flavor.  The pet bone is actually the knuckle or the knee cap of the animal and does not come with marrow.  It’s a good chewing bone.

Norwich Meadows Farms and NMF Halal Meats sells both typically in 2-3 lb bags.

Please coordinate with customer service ( for further information.


Is your halal meat slaughtered on farm or in a USDA facility? If it is not a USDA facility, what are the limits to reselling the meat, or do you simply assume the customer is aware the meat cannot be resold?

Our chickens and turkeys are raised and slaughtered at our farm under 5A authority by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and are available for sale in the State of New York only. Our beef, lamb and goat are slaughtered and processed at a local, certified USDA facility and in front of a USDA agent.

We were able to process a small amount of chickens at our USDA facility last year and do still have a limited amount of USDA chicken available.  Because USDA is federally mandated, products inspected and certified through any USDA facility (including ours) is available for sale, resale and shipment to all states but only in its original form.

If you purchase a product from us and repackage and/or change our product (i.e. from ground beef to sausage for example), the USDA inspection and certification from our state will be null and void.  The new product, package etc. will have to be re-inspected and re-certified in the state you wish to resell

Most who want to resell meat within the State of New York or out of state, will coordinate further with the Owner of our farm as well as be fully aware of the laws in their home state or other states they which to sell.  We recommend you coordinate with your local authorities.

To read more about processing, please visit Cornell University Link below:

Do you offer cuts or whole goat/lamb in particular?

We offer both.  Please let us know what you may be interested in and we can price accordingly for you.

Can you go into detail on the organic feed you use? What does it consist of?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, organic means that the laying hens must have access to the outdoors and cannot be raised in cages. Organic egg producers cannot use antibiotics except during an infectious outbreak. Only natural molting can occur within the flock; forced molting is not allowed. Organic certification also requires maintenance of basic animal welfare standards.

Organic feed is grown by certified organic farmers. To become a certified organic farmer, the crop must be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The crop must be free of GMOs and synthetic fertilization for three years before it can be certified for organic usage. If the crop is contaminated by cross-fertilization, the crop is rendered useless for organic grading. Finally, there can be no animal by-products fed to the poultry.

Norwich Meadows Farm Organic Feed

Norwich Meadows Farm procures its organic feed from Lake View Organic Grain, a local grower and grain mill located in Penn Yan, New York. Lake View Organic Grain is NOFA certified.

Our organic feed currently contains organic corn and soy. The chances of you finding a corn and soybean  free ration are fairly slim. Lake View Organic primarily uses local sourced organic grains.

Our current organic soy feed includes:

· Organic corn (Energy Source)
· Organic roasted soybean (Protein Source)
· Organic Sunflower Meal
· Organic Oats
· Kelp
· Crab Meal
· Aragonite (A mineral consisting of calcium carbonate, typically occurring in white seashells.)
· Fertrell Poultry Nutribalancer (Vitamin/mineral supplement)

We are transitioning to a soy free diet this year. We have bought our first pea based ration. Our layers will start on the pea based ration ration in late February/early March 2013. By mid March, we will begin selling our eggs as a non soy containing ration.

Below are the ingredients of our organic, no soy, layer feed:

· Organic Corn (Energy Source)
· Organic Peas (Protein Source)
· Flaxmeal
· Organic Oats
· Crab Meal (Chickens are Omnivores and plant based proteins are deficient in certain amino acids that only come from marine or animal sources including bugs)
· Aragonite (A mineral consisting of calcium carbonate, typically occurring in white seashells)
· Fertrell Poultry Nutribalancer (vitamin/mineral supplement)

All our chickens are pasture raised during the spring, summer, and fall. Our meat birds are raised only during pasture season and that is why we sell frozen chickens in the winter. If you find fresh pasture raised chickens in the winter that should raise a red flag as grass is either dead or under snow during winter months.

We invite you to read more about Lake View Organic – please go to their website at: or click on the link below.

Also – wikipedia has a general overview of Organic Feed for Laying Hens, please click on the link below:

Overview of What Organic Means in terms if Laying Hens


Why does there seem to be more fat on beef chuck roast?

It depends on the processor and customer.  By virtue this is a roast, we leave the extra fat on so that the customer can remove it  or leave it if they want.  Most customers when making a roast prefer the additional fat to make the meat juicier.

What is the blue ink I see on a meat cut?

Meat that has been federally inspected and passed for wholesomeness is stamped with a round purple mark. The dye used to stamp the grade and inspection marks onto a meat carcass is made from a food-grade vegetable dye and is not harmful. (The exact formula is proprietary/owned by the maker of the dye.) The mark is put on carcasses and major cuts. After trimming, the mark might not appear on retail cuts such as roasts and steaks. However, meat that is packaged in an inspected facility will have an inspection mark which identifies the plant on the label.

Why does it matter if pesticides are used?

Children and fetuses are most vulnerable to pesticide exposure due to their less-developed immune systems and because their bodies and brains are still developing. Exposure at an early age can cause developmental delays, behavioral disorders, and motor dysfunction.Pregnant women are more vulnerable due to the added stress pesticides put on their already taxed organs. Plus pesticides can be passed from mother to child in the womb, as well as through breast milk. Some exposures can cause delayed effects on the nervous system, even years after the initial exposure.Most of us have an accumulated build-up of pesticide exposure in our bodies due to numerous years of exposure. This chemical “body burden” as it is medically known could lead to health issues such as headaches, birth defects, and added strain on weakened immune systems.

At Norwich Meadows Farm, we pride ourselves with using only natural pesticide such as BT, garlic, and other naturally derived pesticides and we also use exclusion methods by screening out pests.